Family Medicine provides the third year medical student an understanding of the scope of Family Medicine as a primary care specialty – its breadth and depth, its challenges and joys. The rotation emphasizes:
- Continuity of care
- Coordination of care
- Health promotion and health maintenance
- Diagnosis and management of common diseases and patient problems
- Family care
The Neurology rotation teaches the principles and skills underlying the diagnosis and management of neurological diseases most likely to be encountered by the general medical practitioner. Students will learn to identify emergent neurological conditions and use consulting physicians as warranted.
Students will gain competency in:
- obtaining and delivering a reliable history and performing a reliable neurological exam
- examining patients with altered level of consciousness or abnormal mental status
- recognizing symptoms that may signify neurological disease
- distinguishing normal from abnormal findings on a neurological examination
- localizing the likely site or sites in the nervous system where a lesion could produce a patient’s symptoms signs
- formulating a differential diagnosis based on the neurological disease
- using and interpreting common tests used in diagnosing neurological disease
During rotations in the Department of Pediatrics, medical students will have the opportunity to become part of a healthcare team with a responsibility to care for and to treat chronically and acutely ill children. Through this process, medical students will learn about common pediatric disorders, health maintenance in children and child advocacy.
- learn the special knowledge and skills necessary for the care of pediatric patients
- gain an understanding of the uniqueness of the health problems of infants, children, and adolescents
- gain clinical experience in the management of common pediatric problems
- learn to act as an advocate for pediatric patients
- demonstrate interpersonal skills
Skills in analytical thinking and rational decision making are essential for medical practice in the 21st century and the School of Medicine requires student to design, perform and present a scholarly project of their own choosing, scholarly activity. It is hoped that under the mentorship of a faculty expert, students will use this opportunity to develop a project that embodies not only their talents, but also their passions.
Scholarly activity allows students to explore all facets of scholarship. As defined by Boyer (1990), scholarship encompasses the full scope of academic work and includes:
- The Scholarship of Discovery – original research.
- The Scholarship of Integration – interdisciplinary work in which connections are made across disciplines.
- The Scholarship of Application -the application of theory to practice and the bidirectional relationship between theory and practice.
- The Scholarship of Teaching – communication of knowledge to learners and the creation and sharing of knowledge about the practice of teaching.